The Missouri team of Phil Caravia and Skip Berkmeyer from St. Louis and Brad Nurski from St. Joseph completed the best finish ever for a Missouri team last Thursday at the Pete Dye Course at the French Lick Resort in Indiana.
The team finished one stroke out of third (and a USGA medal) behind the Iowa team with a final round +3 total and a 435 three-day total. The team from Texas won the championship with a -4 total followed by Florida at -1 and Iowa at +2. The team format calls for the best two of three 18 hole medal scores to be used each day. The Missouri team showed its depth in that each player had two scores that counted over the three days of the championship.
The Dye course was tough enough before Thursday’s round began with 20+ mph winds that made club selection and scoring all the more difficult. “It was really tough out there, ” said Phil Caravia. ” A lot of the holes are exposed to the wind and it was strong and gusty almost all day. You had to have a bit of luck on your side to score well. I’m proud of the way we hung in there today. A couple of breaks here and there and we would have been in the hunt. I know all three of us can point to a hole or two where we caught a bad break because of the wind. But we showed this week that we can play with any team.” Only ten scores of over 150 players on Thursday came in under par, and a number of those were in the morning when the wind wasn’t as strong.
The event is held in alternate years for the men’s and women’s teams. The 2015 women’s championship will be at Dalhousie GC in Cape Girardeau next fall.
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